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Skagway to crowd-source cleanup at Yakutania Point

Skagway to crowd-source cleanup at Yakutania Point

Skagway’s Solid Waste Advisory Committee spent a year developing a solution to marine debris on the waterfront. The committee is working with students at the Skagway School to implement a crowd-sourced clean up plan. At this week’s assembly meeting, assembly member...

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CPV tax to help fund sewage, composting projects in Skagway

CPV tax to help fund sewage, composting projects in Skagway

Skagway Borough Assembly approved an ordinance that leverages commercial passenger vessel excise tax money to pay for certain capital projects. Skagway is home to just about 1000 year round residents, and host to about a million summer cruise ship visitors. It’s a...

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Waterfowl season draws to a close

Waterfowl season draws to a close

Waterfowl season is drawing to a close two weeks earlier than usual in Southeast Alaska. Units 1-4 will close on December 16th. Alaska Department of Fish and Game updated the waterfowl season this year. This season opened on September 1st. The early start worked out...

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Skagway weighs in on harbor basin dredging plan

Skagway weighs in on harbor basin dredging plan

White Pass and Yukon Route Railroad recently applied for a permit to dredge a portion of Skagway’s harbor basin. The project is part of a plan to address contamination caused by loading ore onto ships at a dock operated by the railroad. The municipality is concerned...

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Sauna construction underway in Haines

Sauna construction underway in Haines

John Carlson and Tom Faverty are fitting cedar boards into what will be the ceiling of the sauna. They’re two of the many volunteers and donors who have pushed to make a public sauna happen. Right now, it’s just an insulated frame next to the pool. "We're working up a...

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Haines custodian receives award for outstanding work

Haines custodian receives award for outstanding work

The Haines School is a beautiful building, but things can get pretty messy with all the different classes and activities it hosts. Haines school custodian Natasha Fitzpatrick was recognized this week for her hard work to keep the facility spic and span. Fitzpatrick...

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Constantine seeks feedback about mine impacts

Constantine seeks feedback about mine impacts

  Constantine Metal Resources operates a mineral exploration project north of Haines. Their goal is to mine the mountains adjacent to the Saksaia glacier. Mining is a technical industry, but companies increasingly must respond to a social component: how local...

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Newscast – December 13, 2019

Two members resign from the Chilkat Valley Mining Forum Committee; Skagway dips into CPV funds to pay for infrastructure that supports tourism.

Newscast – December 11, 2019

  Maidy announces his resignation from the Haines assembly following a contentious vote on local police service; an unusual waterfowl hunt in Units 1-4 draws to a close.  

Newscast – December 10, 2019

Group of Haines residents favors maintaining the Roadless Rule in Alaska; Skagway weighs in on permit to dredge the harbor basin.

Newscast – December 9, 2019

The Haines Borough Assembly will consider a resolution to interpret emergency dispatch to include police response; a Unit 1D mountain goat hunt update; an archival audio postcard from the Haines Lighting of the Fort.

Newscast – December 6, 2019

The M/V Tazlina adds sailings to accommodate the Alcan 200; a local custodian is honored for her hard work; construction is underway on the sauna at the Haines pool.

Newscast – December 5, 2019

Constantine hires consultant to engage with community about mining; Haines library to host meeting on Roadless Rule; Southeast man convicted for illegally harvesting nearly 4 tons of sea cucumber.

Newscast – November 27, 2019

The U.S. Forest Service visited Skagway to explain why the agency is pursuing a full exemption to the Roadless Rule in the Tongass National Forest; the American Bald Eagle Foundation welcomes a new resident; at least one Alaskan will march in the Macy’s Thanksgiving...

Newscast – November 26, 2019

An apartment fire in Haines injures one resident; Skagway struggles to mitigate rock slides above its largest cruise ship dock; A new public access cabin opens near a ski resort in Juneau.

Newscast – November 25, 2019

Haines Economic Development Corporation examines impact of Holland America's departure from Haines; Anthropologist studies history of Sitka's buildings.

Newscast – November 22, 2019

Haines photographer featured in statewide photography exhibit; Eldred Rock Lighthouse closer to becoming a public landmark; Weak pink salmon forecast for 2020.

Newscast – November 21, 2019

State Wildlife Troopers investigate the shooting of two black bears in Haines; activists circulate a petition to increase taxes on oil production; the ferry LeConte is projected to be back in service by next May.

Newscast – November 20, 2019

Larry Persily looks to pass the Skagway News on to a new owner; Skagway School Board supports initiative to establish Alaska Education Bill of Rights; New reality T.V. show about Alaska police to air in January.

Newscast – November 19, 2019

Skagway Brewing Company’s aeroponic garden turns winter to summer for year round produce; heavy machinery may be the key to getting state ferry service to Angoon this winter.

Newscast – November 18, 2019

Haines and Skagway students compete in regional DDF tournament; Spending sprees using large Sealaska dividends may be affected by reduced ferry service.

Newscast – November 15, 2019

Tazlina brought back online to improve winter ferry service; Skagway researchers collect data on Ocean Acidification; Kake place name changed.

Newscast – November 14, 2019

Haines Borough continues to discuss whether police are allowed to respond to emergencies outside the townsite; As Minto Mine begins producing ore once again, plans for Skagway's port get complicated; Sara Hannan announces intention to run for re-election.

Newscast – November 13, 2019

White Pass pressures Skagway to drop RFP for port management; Haines Borough to apply for grant to improve accessibility at the Haines Sheldon Museum.

Newscast – November 12, 2019

Skagway granted Roadless Rule meeting; State regulators reject prohibition on events at breweries and distilleries; Southeast no longer in "severe drought."  

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Henry Leasia is a reporter from Portland, Oregon. He first caught the radio bug after starting a live storytelling show/podcast called It’s a Wise Child with some friends at the University of St. Andrews in Scotland. Since graduating in 2016 he’s produced a show about non-profits for XRAY.fm, worked as a production assistant for Oregon Public Broadcasting’s weekday talk show Think Out Loud and most recently reported as a newsroom intern for Alaska Public Media in Anchorage. Outside of the newsroom, he spends time skateboarding, practicing Spanish and making music.

Claire Stremple is a radio and print journalist from the San Francisco Bay Area who has reported on everything from hot dogs to the opioid crisis. Claire is the 2018 Solutions Journalism Health Fellow. Previously, she was a producer and mentor for KALW’s Oakland Voices Community Journalism Project, and a resident at the Mesa Refuge. Her work has been featured on public radio stations throughout California and on NPR.